If you live in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and own a home over 50 years old, there is a good chance your garage may be in disrepair. Unfortunately, the need for a garage demolition may be required if your garage is beyond repair. Symptoms of a failing garage may be:
- Roof caving in
- Pest infestation
- Rotting wood
- Collapsing walls & beams
- Crumbling concrete slab
Often times, we have found that insurance companies may require new policyholders to have their old garages demolished and removed before they will insure a policy.
Garage demolition may seem like a massive undertaking, but with the right tools & experience it is easy as 1, 2, 3! While professional garage demolition companies use heavy equipment, you can demolish almost any garage by hand.
Follow these simple steps to find out the best way to tear down and remove your old garage:
Evaluate The Garage for Demolition
Before beginning the garage demolition process, evaluate the garage in order to find the best place to start demolition. If demolishing the garage by hand, begin cutting the garage in the corner to weaken the structure.
This will allow you to have more control over which direction the garage will fall when you tear it down.
Collapse The Garage
Once you have made the cut in the corner of the garage you wish it to collapse, the fun can begin. Make sure that there are no structures or people around the garage before beginning the next step.
Get a truck and a strap/chain and loop it through the corner of the garage that you weakened the corner of. Once the strap is attached to the garage and truck, pull the garage down in the direction of the cut corner. The garage should “fall over” with the roof mostly still intact.
Clean up the Garage after Demolition
Now that you have demolished & collapsed the garage, it is time to cut it up and clean it up. Inexperienced people may opt to use a chainsaw to cut up the garage, but that is dangerous and can easily ruin your saw.
The best option is to use a Sawzall Reciprocating Saw to cut the garage into manageable pieces. Renting a 40 yard dumpster should provide enough space for the entire garage to fit in, as long as it is packed in tightly. This process takes a long time, and is very labor-intensive!
Total Garage Demolition Costs & Tools
Demolishing a garage by yourself may seem to be the cheapest demolition option, but often-times can be somewhat expensive! Below is a breakdown of approximate costs involved in demolishing a garage, as well as tools needed to do the job yourself by hand.
- $975 – 40 cubic yard dumpster with approximately 7-8 tons of demolition debris. Based on Northeast PA rates
- $200 – Milwaukee Sawzall & pack of professional demolition blades
- $150 – Sledgehammer, pickaxe, hammers, and crowbars
- $300 – $100 to each laborer to assist for the day
Hire a professional
Does demolishing a garage by yourself sound time-consuming and difficult? Were the average costs a bit higher than expected? Call a fully licensed & insured garage demolition contractor that serves the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and all of Northeast Pennsylvania!
Our costs are often-times comparable to doing it yourself, and we use our own heavy equipment and dumpsters to do the job quicker, safer, and more efficient than doing it yourself.